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yeah write weekly writing challenge #219: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

yeah write weekly writing challenge #219: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

What you do matters. Writing matters. It may seem like you’re blogging to an audience of three (at least it feels that way for me); there is no shame in that because you are giving something of yourself to the world. You are driven to create and that is one of the finest impulses human beings can follow. You give meaning to your life and those around you.

So no matter where you ended up in this week’s yeah write challenge, remember why we do this in the first place:  to create, to find beauty in the mundane and translate the fantastic into everyday experience.

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yeah write weekly writing challenge #218: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

yeah write weekly writing challenge #218: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

I think everyone could use a little extra love this week, don’t you? As I stressed last week, yeah write isn’t just about boosting your blog. It’s about building a community of great writers who want to better themselves and their craft.

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yeah write weekly writing challenge #216: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

yeah write weekly writing challenge #216: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

(Yep, I’m subbing for the amazing Rowan this week to announce our challenge winners. She has big floppy shoes to fill and I have teeny-tiny feet, but I’ll try.)

I want to comment about comments. One of the reasons I love yeah write—and there are many, not least of which are fabulous imaginary cocktails and grilled cheese sandwiches—is because writers read and comment on each other’s work. I try to leave a comment on each piece when I’m on a grid. Not only do we contribute to building a community when we comment, we also allow ourselves to think deeply about style, metaphor, meaning, technique. We make a tacit pact to inspire each other and hone our writing skills. If you haven’t left a comment, it isn’t too late!  Alternatively, you can name your favorite song in the comments section below and honor this little Easter egg.

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yeah write weekly writing challenge #215: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

yeah write weekly writing challenge #215: popular vote winners and editors’ picks

I never win. Why do I even bother writing?

Does that thought run through your head sometimes? Yeah, mine too. But there are good reasons to stick with it. Writing, even when it doesn’t “win,” communicates. No-one has your ideas and lived experiences but you. Once upon a time, we were unable to communicate our thoughts and experiences outside a very small community circle; now that we have the chance to share more widely, it’s both an exciting opportunity to share, and a valuable chance to learn, from the lived experience of others. Stick with it. You’re worth reading.

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